FightFans / Dominik Mysterio / Released WWE Superstars asking out of non-compete clauses

Released WWE Superstars asking out of non-compete clauses

Last updated

WWE has been releasing a number of talents over the past few months, and with the announced releases comes the standard ‘non-compete’ clause that WWE puts in most, if not all, of their talent contracts.

90 day non-compete clauses tend to be considered the norm for talent on RAW and SmackDown, as these Superstars are higher profile and a 3 month layout after their release stops them from going straight to WWE’s competition whilst they might still be ‘hot.’

The recent releases have been predominantly from NXT and 205 Live, where the talent have actually had shorter non-compete clauses in their contracts, either 30 or 60 day.

Can released WWE talents get out of their non-compete?

In a new report from Fightful Select, it has been confirmed that several of the released WWE Superstars have requested that their non-competes be scrapped altogether.

WWE’s Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis has apparently been very easy to deal with in terms of hearing out these requests, with at least one former WWE Superstar being allowed out of their non-compete early.

It is not confirmed which talent this is, but with many of the smaller indies still shutdown from the pandemic the released WWE talents will need to work for promotions such as ROH, NJPW Strong, AEW or IMPACT if they want to make a sustainable living.

The current non-compete clause would not allow appearances on a national broadcast, so if any of the talent can negotiate getting out of their non-compete this could be a huge bonus for them in the next few months.

Jake Skudder
Written by
Jake Skudder
Jake is an SEO-minded Combat Sports, Gaming and Pro Wrestling writer and successful Editor in Chief. He has more than ten years of experience covering mixed martial arts, pro wrestling and gaming across a number of publications, starting at SEScoops in 2012 under the name Jake Jeremy.